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TuesdayAugust 3, 2010

Latino Daily News: Bringing You the Latest Hispanic Current Events and News Stories 24/7

To reflect the dynamic interests of our audience, Latino Daily News is an online daily news source and virtual cultural center for and about Latinos. We offer the latest news headlines, as well as innovative and insightful Hispanic current events stories, photos, videos, and commentaries from a Latino perspective, 24/7.

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Roberto wins Ali’s Heart “Aceptarias Esta Rosa?”

Last night on the Bachelorette, it was Roberto standing alone. Ali chose her Latin lover to go off and live happily ever after with.

Was it his attempt to teach Ali the Spanish word AMORRR? (hear the tongue rolling) Perhaps it was when he taught Ali and her family how to salsa ( never mind that the family later mimicked him)  Oh Wait, maybe it was when he expressed his love by giving her a framed picture of the two complete with “their “ line: “Que bailemos para siempre.”

Whatever it was, for Roberto, being Latino left him the last man standing!

Read more at Latina →

Colombiamoda Fashion Fair Deemed a Success and Lots of FUN

From pantless pants to skimpy bathing suits you had it all at Colombiamoda Fashion Fair that closed on Thursday.  Audiences saw established fashion brands like Maaji, Leonisa, and Agua Bendita highlight their new designs.  While local designers Silvia Therassi and Santacruz were greeted with thunderous applause. Latin American fave designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, did not disappoint with her swim line that had a lot of color but little fabric. 

Colombiamoda attempts to promote foreign interest in Colombia’s textiles and designs.  Medellin, Colombia where the fashion fair is held is the country’s main exporter of knit and woven textiles and employs over 200,000 people.

The wild and wacky also found a home here with creations from fashion students from the Colegiatura Colombiana and the Young Designers Group.  One of our favorites were the plaster mask dresses that can cover an ample back side.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Arizona’s Tough Immigration Laws are Costing the State Millions

The Hotel and Lodging Association of Arizona estimates tourism brings in $2.4 billion every year. Chief executive Debbie Johnson believes it is a low estimate but confirms that the state has lost about 40 conventions and $15 million so far. There are many people whose livelihoods are dependent upon the convention and tourism trade who are very concerned over Arizona’s negative image.  A lot of work will be required to entice people back to Arizona.
Republican Gov Jan Brewer, who signed the law, has said she will fight the challenge all the way to the Supreme Court. Last Friday the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed it would hold a hearing on the legal challenge the first week in November.

Read more at Huffington Post →

Policía de Ciudad Juárez en Alerta Máxima

El alcalde de Ciudad Juárez, José Reyes Ferriz elevó al más alto el nivel la alerta a la policía municipal, luego de los constantes ataques que han sufrido elementos de la policía federal, el reciente motín en el CERESO y las constantes amenazas de carros-bomba en esta frontera.

En conferencia de prensa, el edil fronterizo dijo que “ante los ataques que sufrió la Policía Federal , los hechos que se registraron en el Centro de Readaptación Social para Adultos Estatal y las amenazas al Centro de Respuesta Inmediata 066, se elevó al más alto el nivel la alerta en la corporación municipal.

Read more at Excelsior →

Gulf of Mexico One of the World’s Most Diverse Sea Habitats

Representing the most comprehensive and authoritative answer yet to one of humanity’s most ancient questions—“what lives in the sea?”—Census of Marine Life scientists released an inventory of species distribution and diversity in key global ocean areas.  Scientists combined information collected over centuries with data obtained during the decade-long Census to create a roll call of species in 25 biologically representative regions—from the Antarctic through temperate and tropical seas to the Arctic.

Australian and Japanese waters, which each feature almost 33,000 forms of life that have earned the status of “species” are by far the most bio-diverse. The oceans off China, the Mediterranean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico round out the top five areas most diverse in known species.  15,374 different marine species were identified in the Gulf of Mexico and crustaceans (your tasty shrimp and lobster) as the most abundant, making up 19% of the species in the Gulf.  That being said the area is also one of the most threaten from overfishing, lost habitat, invasive species and pollution.  Runoff from sediment, sewage and fertilizers were also found to be destroying marine habitats.  It is unknown what the long-term effect of the oil spill will have on these species in the Gulf. 

Read more at Census of Marine Life →

Several members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Not sponsoring DREAM Act

Several members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) continue to disrespect immigrant youth by refusing to co-sponsor the DREAM Act. These are John T. Salazar (D-CO), Dennis Cardoza (D-CA), Jim Costa (D-CA), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), and perhaps most embarrassing CHC Chairwoman Nydia Velasquez (D-NY).

The fact that Ms. Velasquez would like a comprehensive solution is no excuse for not cosponsoring the DREAM Act and putting the dreams of her own community on hold. She should follow the example set by Rep. Loretta Sanchez who also held out on the DREAM Act for so many years but decided to co-sponsor it to finally show support for her young constituents.

Ask her to cosponsor and champion a stand-alone DREAM Act bill today. Immigrant youth have waited far too long and we are tired of politicians playing games with our lives.

Sign Petition to Rep Nydia Velasquez

Read more at DreamActivist →

Are Bombings the New Terror Tool of Mexican Cartels?

On July 15 when a car bomb went off in Ciudad Juarez targeting a nearby federal police station, it was declared to be the first time drug cartels used bombing terrorism as a means of threat, clearly it was not to be the last. 

This weekend an unidentified person launched a grenade at a Monterrey police station, the device did not detonate and no injuries were reported.  That incident was followed by another grenade being launched at the Televisa television facilities in Nuevo Laredo.  Two vehicles were reported damaged but no one was harmed.  Televisa’s entrance was damaged and all windows shattered.

Closer to home a bomb was launched at a border bridge known as International Bridge Number One on Saturday.  This bridge connects U.S. city of Laredo, Texas to Mexico’s Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.  Again no injuries or severe damage were reported. 

All incidents are under investigation.  Carlos Barragan of the La Linea drug cartel is currently being held for the July 15th car bombing.  It is unknown if any of these incidents are related. 

Read more at LAHT →

Ban on Affirmative Action Upheld in California

The California Supreme Court has upheld a lower courts decision to ban the practice of affirmative action that gives preferential treatment to minorities and women in state contracts, hiring and public school admissions. The court in a 6-to-1 vote found that the ban did not violate federal protections already in place that offers equal treatment under the law.

The affirmative action ban known as Proposition 209 was voted into California state law 14 years ago in opposition to existing legislation in place since the 1960’s giving preferential treatment to minorities and women.  The affirmative action ban has been challenged numerous times and this case was the result of a 2003 challenge to a San Francisco local ordinance.  The San Francisco ordinance allows minority-owned firms and women-owned businesses preference to city contracts.  Several white contractors sued the city asking that the local law be banned because of the state ban, the lower court agreed.

The State Supreme Court asked San Francisco to show “compelling evidence that minority and women owned businesses were purposefully discriminated against” before requiring the protection of affirmative action. 

Read more at KTVU →

Pide Calderón a los Ciudadano Ser Vigilantes y Exigir Resultados

Luego de reconocer que su estrategia de seguridad ha recibido “cuestionamientos” a casi cuatro años de implementada, y que el país vive un momento “crítico” con un “saldo pendiente”  de resultados, el presidente Felipe Calderón Hinojosa pidió a los ciudadanos que exijan a todas las autoridades resultados y vencer la apatía o el sentimiento de derrota.

En el inicio del llamado Diálogo por la Seguridad, el titular del Ejecutivo celebró ayer que afortunadamente ha quedado atrás un pasado de autoritarismo, y que ahora hay una sociedad más libre que puede señalar los incumplimientos, aunque reconoció que en la ley no existen poderes para sancionar a las autoridades que no atiendan su tarea.

Un mes después de haber convocado al Diálogo por la Seguridad tras el asesinato del Rodolfo Torre Cantú –ex candidato a gobernador de la alianza Todos Tamaulipas, integrada por PRI, Panal y PVEM–, el mandatario federal puso en marcha una serie de sesiones abiertas a los medios de comunicación; la primera ronda fue con grupos de la sociedad civil, aunque no fueron invitadas organizaciones defensoras de derechos humanos, las que han criticado la presencia del Ejército en las calles, punto medular de la estrategia de Calderón en su combate a la delincuencia organizada.

Read more at La Jornada →

Majority of Hispanic Children Don’t Know How to Swim

A recent USA Swimming Commission study found that the majority of minority children in this country do not know how to swim or have very poor swimming capabilities.  Specifically 69% of African American children and 58% of Hispanic children had little to no swimming ability.

Numerous reasons were cited as to the cause for poor swimming skills:  not enough swimming instruction offered in minority communities, lack of parental encouragement, few swimming pools in improverished communities, for example.  A cultural heritage of fearing water was also found to be a cause.  Few parents recognized the safety issues related with poor swimming skills if their child would happen to fall into a body of water. 

The USA Swimming Commission wants to change all that.  It is offering grants to civic organizations like The Boys and Girls Club to offer aquatic lessons.  It is also creating different outreach programs to get Hispanic and African American children into the water and doing it safely.

Read more at MSNBC Health →

Mexico’s Plan to Sue BP and U.S. Over Oil Spill

Mexico’s news agency, Notimex is reporting the government’s plan to seek reimbursement for the estimated $35Million it has spent on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  The oil spill now labeled the largest in history spilling 4.9 million barrels of oil, has not entered Mexican national waters.

Mexico nonetheless has incurred expenses for monitoring its coastline and lucrative tourists areas for signs of oil.  It remains unclear if Mexico is already in discussions with British Petroleum who owns the oil wells that exploded and caused the oil spill or the U.S. government on their intentions.  More reports to follow.

Read more at CNN International →

More Bad News for Mexico

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that Mexico is not in compliance with international safety standards following an assessment of the country’s civil aviation authority. As a result, the United States is downgrading Mexico from a Category 1 to Category 2 rating. What does that mean for the U.S. traveler:  Mexican air carriers cannot establish new flight service to the United States, although they are allowed to maintain existing service, therefore no disruption for your travel plans at the moment.  A Category 2 rating means a country either lacks laws or regulations necessary to oversee air carriers meet international safety standards and/or are deficient in one or more areas of safety.

As part of the FAA’s International assessment program, the agency assesses the civil aviation authorities of all countries with air carriers that operate or have applied to fly to the U. S. and makes that information available to the public. The assessments determine whether or not foreign civil aviation authorities in Mexico and other countries are meeting U.S. safety standards. 

While Mexico has been responsive to the FAA’s findings and has made significant improvements in recent months, stated the FAA in a press release, it was unable to fully comply with all of the international safety standards.  However, under the leadership of Director General Hector Gonzalez Weeks, Mexico continues to make progress, it was noted. The FAA is committed to working closely with the Mexican government and providing technical assistance to help Mexico regain its Category 1 rating.

Read more at FAA →

TuesdayAugust 3, 2010